Hello TFP! It's been a while since I've pestered you fine folks, largely because my new pool has been TROUBLE FREE! Unfortunately, the water has also been uncomfortably cool, so we have not been using it much in the last month. ANYWAY...
This is our first closing ever, so this is no doubt my first of many questions, but a search did not reveal anything on this. I'm currently in the shopping stage, so I am weighing mesh against standard winter covers, considering the leaf net, etc, etc. If you veterans have any must-haves or avoid-at-all-costs for me, please hit me with it! Now for my current question:
There is a product out there, the Aquador Closure Plate, as seen at http://www.nationalpoolwholesalers.c..._WSCP1010.html, that promises saving time and money because if used over the skimmer opening, you do not have to drain down. It possesses the magical power of protecting from freeze damage, I assume, because it seals off the opening. This idea speaks to me because we have such a water shortage that emptying the pool several inches makes me cringe. We have a cistern, so adding water to the thing this summer has been a gamble for the family.
So 1, does this work? Nothing in pool school mentions this option. And 2, is it too late for me to use this year anyway? I ask the latter because to install you have to remove your skimmer plate and replace it with the one that comes with the device before snapping it on. I can't imagine that you can remove your skimmer plate if the water is above it. Thanks friends for any insight!